Last year I spoke at Rutgers University's digital humanities showcase about my work with ephermal archives. This has been a passion of mine for a long time and I want to do more exhaustive research on it in the future.
A very interesting session I attended was on the future of THATCamp.
- What is the purpose of a central place for THATCamp?
- What is the future of the THATCamp branding?
- THATCamp is a great place to meet people, but can be cliquey.
- Lots of discussion about PhillyDH and what we get out of THATCamp.
- What I love about THATCamp is how impressive everyone is...so many people I can learn from. Makes me a better professor.
- Discussions of workshops/small group work.
- A THATCamp 101 session is a good idea. We may do it at RCBC.
- Should there be a list of community member skills?
- So much of THATCamp work is out of work time, which makes it harder.
- Many of us have jobs where we do DH, but it is not in job description.
- Virtual meetings are good ideas.
- Discussion of means to fund a THATCamp.
- Should there be a fee for THATCamp?
Here are my notes from this session. I was really tired by this part of the day, so I mostly sat back and listened to others lead the discussion.
- Discussion of Wikipediathons and the work of people like Adeline Koh.
- Wikipedia editing is a good way for students to see how inefficient representation of women and people of color is online.
- Wikipedia not allowing primary sources can frustrate students.
- Discussion of archiving early queer websites and a code of conduct for archiving.
- I also brought up fanzine archiving issues and the ethics surrounding them.
John Theibault moderated this session on creating more regional digital humanities programs.
Connection between regionalism and nationalism.
How does unconference model help or hinder regionalism?
Are there other regional digital humanities programs like PhillyDH?
We discussed the Center For Learning & Instruction here at RCBC.
What else besides THATCamp can we do at local institutions to aide their projects?
What can be done virtually to facilitate meetups with likeminded people?
How do we get more non-academics involved in the digital humanities? (I offered some caution here to avoid corporate influence)
- Serena Williams and the fear of black dominant athletes.
- The Web We Have To Save.
- Ellen Pao on Reddit and internet trolls.
- Barrett Brown is now writing from prison for First Look.
- Audrey Watters on the web we need to give to students.
- The New Republic on Shirley Jackson.
- Adeline Koh on getting started in activist digital humanities.
- Is it time to kill The Killing Joke?
- Megan Condis on Gamergate.
- If Julian of Norwich were your professor.
Honestly, I am hoping for a quiet summer. So far, I will not be attending any conferences. I am teaching one section of Composition I and two sections of Composition II online and will be on campus later in the summer to begin the process of building a film studies program here at BCC.
I do have a few digital humanities projects I am working on that will get announced as time goes on. Stay tuned.
Janine Utell had proposed this session, but she was unable to attend so I served as moderator in her place.
Faculty need to publish in peer reviewed journals for tenure
This is weird to say because it implies that open access journals are not peer reviewed. This is propaganda coming from somewhere and I am troubled every time I hear it.
- Copyright hurdles on campus
Do you have a data management plan?
Differences between teaching schools and research schools
Haystack is helpful source for DH stuff
Funding opportunities can be opened up via the digital humanities and open access
The R1/University experience generally feels like a different universe from the one I live in that I want nothing to do with.
The idea of paying $1,000 to make an article open access is one of the most offensive ideas I have ever encountered.
What about class issues and working with various populations if there is a need for cash to access information?
That is elitist universities and publishers declaring war on the lower classes access to information.